Vegan Australia News

Free tickets for UNITY preview screening
29 July 2015

Vegan Australia has 5 free double passes to see the preview of UNITY, the follow up documentary from acclaimed director of EARTHLINGS, Shaun Monson. If you would like a chance to attend the preview more ...

Farmers' shift on climate change not enough
19 July 2015

There has been a major shift on the issue of climate change from one of Australia's most influential farming groups, but in a recent media release Vegan Australia has said that this will not be enough to keep global warming to a safe level.

Read the full media release.

Vegan Australia calls for an end to greyhound racing
4 March 2015

In it's recent submission to the review of the NSW Greyhound Racing Act, Vegan Australia has called for an immediate end of government support for the greyhound racing industry, a shut down of the industry itself and the rehabilitation and rehoming of greyhounds and other animals currently used by the industry.

Most Australians are appalled at the behaviour of the greyhound racing industry and they want an end to an industry that causes so much suffering to so many lives. Many believe that humans do not have the right to use animals in any way.

Read the full text of the Vegan Australia submission.

Research into a vegan agricultural system for Australia
2 February 2015

Vegan Australia has begun research into what Australia would look like if it moved to a vegan agricultural system and how this could be achieved.

The research will look at how the economy, employment, land use and the environment would be impacted by moving to an agricultural system where no animals or animal products are used.
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Launch of Australia-wide vegan and animal rights events listing
11 January 2015

Vegan Australia has launched a comprehensive and up-to-date listing of vegan and animal rights events, including social, educational and advocacy events. Each state of Australia is represented as well as major international events. This is a great resource for people looking to meet other vegans or to learn more about veganism and animal rights. Check out the Upcoming vegan events around Australia.

Vegan Australia calls for an end to exhibiting animals
6 June 2014

Vegan Australia has made a submission to the public consultation into the proposed welfare standards for "exhibited animals" (animals kept in zoos, aquariums, etc).

Most of the other submissions will probably be from the zoo industry, perhaps attempting to make the standards weaker, or from animal welfare organisations trying to make the standards stronger. In contrast, Vegan Australia's submission takes the view that animals should not be kept in captivity for exhibition and the standards should work towards ending that practice as quickly as possible, with the interests of the animals held above all other interests.

The submission is a call to reframe the standards so they become a plan to end the practice of exhibiting animals, by:

Read the full text of the Vegan Australia submission.

To read the proposed standards go to the Proposed Australian standards and guidelines for exhibited animals - public consultation. The main document used to prepare the submission was the "Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Exhibited Animals - General" found on the above link.

But You Kill Ants now available online
18 February 2014

The excellent guide to all the questions you might be asked as a vegan, But You Kill Ants by John Waddell, has been made available online. A big thank you goes to John for letting us offer his extensively researched answers to all of the common and tricky questions asked of vegans. More ...

In the media: "Give lamb-assador the chop: vegans"
30 January 2014

Article in The West Australian based on our Australia Day media release.
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Media release: Sam, leave the lambs alone this Australia Day
25 January 2014

2014 is the year of veganism. Sam Kekovitch and the Australian meat industries feel so threatened by the growing wave of awareness that they have targeted vegans directly in their new TV ad campaign. According to Vegan Australia, vegan ethics and practice is entering the mainstream at an accelerating rate.
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A systems advocacy approach to promoting veganism
20 October 2013

At the 2013 Animal Activists Forum, Greg McFarlane, Director of Vegan Australia, gave a talk on vegan systems advocacy, covering systems advocacy in general, examples of systems advocacy and how it applies to vegan advocacy as well as a brief diversion on why promoting veganism is important to the animal activist movement.
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Government recognises vegan diet as viable option for all Australians
11 July 2013

Australia's peak health body, the NH&MRC, has finally recognised that a vegan diet is a viable option for all Australians. Australia's top health experts are now in agreement with those in the USA and Canada that well-planned vegan diets are safe and healthy for all age groups.

In the newly-released Australian Dietary Guidelines, plant-derived foods are given as alternatives to animal-derived foods, with meal planning advice accommodating vegan eating. In fact, the Guidelines state that alternatives to animal foods (such as nuts, seeds, legumes, beans and tofu) can, for all Australians, "increase dietary variety and can provide a valuable, affordable source of protein and other nutrients found in meats."
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Take your vitamin B12, or risk feeling sad!
15 June 2013

Feeling melancholic? It might just be a healthy reaction to the current state of the world. Or, it could be caused by low vitamin B12. A recent study suggests that not taking your vitamin B12 could make you sad. Stay safe and take a B12 supplement regularly.

For a full rundown on B12 in your diet see our article What every vegan should know about vitamin B12.

The recent study was published in the journal BMC Psychiatry on 24 May 2013: Association between vitamin B12 levels and melancholic depressive symptoms: a Finnish population-based study

Media release: Vegan Australia says no to Bacon Week
17 May 2013

Vegan Australia rejects the assertion by Australian Pork that "It is often said that bacon is the meat that will tempt vegetarians to follow the carnivorous path back to sal(i)vation. And this is the week to do it."

"The suggestion that this week people should encourage those who eschew animal products to consume bacon is disappointing and shows a limited understanding of the issues involved," said Greg McFarlane, Director of Vegan Australia.

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End animal use, says Vegan Australia submission on animal welfare
6 May 2013

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines are currently under review and public submissions have been requested. In its submissions to the review, Vegan Australia has called for the Australian Government to really make the welfare of animals the primary goal of the standards, by enforcing that animals must not be used in any way. The submissions were made in response to the public consultations for cattle and sheep.

The standards are meant to "protect and maintain the welfare of [cattle and sheep] in Australia". Vegan Australia recommends that the standards go much further and fully protect the interests of these and all other animals. The goal of the standards should be to completely phase out the use of animals for any purpose. Animals value their own life and body and have an interest in continuing their existence and avoiding suffering. They have the right to be treated with respect and justice and not to be treated as property.

Read the full text of the Vegan Australia cattle submission and sheep submission. Read submissions from other organisations for cattle and sheep.

Vegan Australia sponsors Animal Matters event
19 March 2013

Vegan Australia was a sponsor of the inaugural Animal Matters event in Sydney in March. This was an invitation-only event to bring animal issues to the attention of the business community. 150 CEOs and senior executives attended, many of whom were introduced for the first time to animal issues. By being present at this event, Vegan Australia was able to promote veganism to an influencial audience who would otherwise be very difficult to reach.

Talk to Animal Rights Advocates meeting, Perth
23 February 2013

Greg McFarlane, Director of Vegan Australia, was invited to briefly introduce Vegan Australia and its vision and activities before a talk to ARA members on 'The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experimentation' by Dr Andrew Knight. Greg's talk was well received and a number of people made contact after the talk.
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Vegan Australia supports new Aussie vegan book
22 February 2013

A new Australian vegan book by Silva Mirovics, "Handbook for the Aussie Vegan", is now available in paperback and eBook. It contains a foreword by Mr Phil Wollen, articles about veganism written by well known Aussie vegans, a directory of Australian vegan businesses and organisations and recipes contributed by some of these businesses and organisations. The paperback sells for $21.99 and the eBook for $7.99. For more details or to order see Nutritional Empire.

Vegan Australia is pleased to have supported the publishing of this book by providing help towards the printing costs.

Call for comments on Vegan Australia website design
1 February 2013

The board of Vegan Australia is currently working on creating a great new website designed to promote veganism to the general public. The requirements have been created and we would like to ask our supporters for comments or suggestions.
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Team Earthling reviews Vegan Australia vision
23 November 2012

Vegan Australia gets a great response from vegan podcasters Stevie and Luc from Team Earthling. They are very enthusiastic about the possibilities for the future of veganism in Australia, calling the episode "The Revolution Begins...".

Vegan Australia publishes flyer to promote veganism
1 November 2012

Vegan Australia has published a small flyer to hand out freely to the general public at stalls, etc. It urges people to "Love life, live vegan."
Designer: Ashleen Pearce

"The lifecyle of a vegan", talk at 2012 Living Green Festival, Canberra
13 October 2012

Many vegans are asked the question "Why are you vegan?". Less often, non-vegans are asked "Why aren't you vegan?". Vegans may say "I am vegan for animals" or "I am vegan because it is healthier", or "for the environment". Non-vegans may say "We need meat to be healthy" or "It's natural" or "I haven't really thought about it".
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Submission on environmental impacts of Australian Dietary Guidelines
2 November 2012

This submission covers the detrimental impact on the environment of animal production as well as the health impact of consuming animal products.
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Successful launch of Vegan Australia at first general meeting
21 October 2012

The first public meeting of Vegan Australia was a great success, with over 50 animal rights and vegan activists attending and sharing their ideas.
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Media release: Plan to turn Australia vegan in 20 years
1 October 2012

Transitioning to sustainable, compassionate, vegan, plant based diets should be a priority for Australian food policy, Vegan Australia said in its submission to the National Food Plan today.
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Be part of a team creating a vegan world - join the Vegan Australia board
26 September 2012

Are you passionate about making a difference for animals? Do you want to be part of a team creating a vegan world? Vegan Australia is now calling for applications from committed people to join the board to lead its direction for the next year.
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Announcement: First Annual General Meeting - 21 October 2012
26 September 2012

You are invited to the first AGM of Vegan Australia. Please come and make your voice heard.
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How to help Vegan Australia
25 June 2012

For Vegan Australia to take off nationally it needs people from all around the country to become active in the organisation in some way.
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Campaign for Australian Dietary Guidelines to promote vegan diet
6 March 2012

Dietary guidelines form the basis for a wide range of decisions made by health professionals, policy makers and food manufacturers. Because of this, it is important that dietary guidelines clearly state that humans can thrive on a vegan diet.

A draft version of the Australian Dietary Guidelines was released in late 2011 by the NHMRC and submissions on the draft were requested from interested parties. Vegan Australia, together with the Vegan Society NSW, made a submission on the new draft Australian Dietary Guidelines in February 2012.

In its submission, Vegan Australia has called for the Australian Dietary Guidelines to include consideration of the wellbeing and rights of animals and not to discriminate against the great number of Australians who for animal rights, environmental, health, religious and other reasons, have already adopted plant-based diets. A compassionate, sustainable and healthy diet must be the goal of the new guidelines.
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Vegan diet must be part of National Food Plan
2 September 2011

In its submission on a National Food Plan, Vegan Australia has called for the transition to a sustainable, compassionate, vegan diet to be a priority for Australian food policy.
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